Tag: refugees

On Class and Identity Politics

I was asked by Inference Review to write a response to an article by the German Marxist economist, Wolfgang Streeck, ‘Trump and the Trumpists‘. I thank Inference for the opportunity to write this response which I learnt a lot from. I am also very grateful that…

On making refugees work for us

Two recent comments summarise the problem with responding to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s base level Powellian dog-whistling racism with pictures of successful refugees. Somayra Ismailjee‘s Engaging with Dutton’s Rhetoric is a Slippery Slope. And this from Rise Refugee

The Lure of Frozen Racism – The Occupied Times

My thanks to Michael Richmond of The Occupied Times of London for publishing this short comment on frozen racism, the European abuse of Holocaust memorialisation and the denial of coloniality in the current ‘crisisification’ of the arrival of refugees in Europe. The whole issue is on…

Hello dear Reza

So begins the letter sent by detainees of Manus Island detention centre to their friend, Reza Berati, killed by his jailers, the agents of the Australian state one year ago today on the 17th of February, 2014. No one has yet stood trial for his murder,…

The Case for Open Borders

This article was originally published in Overland on August 5, 2013. Underlying Bernard Keane’s article – ‘“Let them all come” is “stop the boats” for progressives’ – is a deep sense of indignation about the idea that Australians are racist. The oft-repeated argument is that elitist,…

It’s racist, and you know it is…

Following the Irish government’s plans to move asylum seekers from a detention centre at Mosney, a former Butlins style holiday camp, where they have, despite all the odds, made a home, Gavan Titley responds to a racist article by Ian O’Doherty of the Irish Independent. In…